I need a holiday


Yes, yes, I know I just had a holiday, but I need another one.

I’m knackered.

I got back late on Sunday afternoon and dived straight into filling in as news editor on Kidspot on Monday. Then, on Tuesday I volunteered to start work from 6am each day. (So if I whinge about it, slap me.)

Why not? I thought. I’m a morning person!

There’s a vast difference between choosing to wake up at sparrow’s fart and knowing you have to wake up at sparrow’s fart.

It made it very difficult to sleep on Monday night, fretting that I’d sleep in, which is crazy because I NEVER sleep in.

Well, I thought I did on Sunday, when I was very proud of myself for sleeping until 7am … until I realised daylight savings had kicked in and my phone had gone forward and hour.

I’ve been sooooooooo exhausted ever since I got home.

Blearily, bone-tired exhausted.

I almost sobbed when the eldest informed me she thought she had nits on Tuesday night and I had to sit combing conditioner through her hair.

I think it was a false alarm, but I couldn’t quite tell because I appear to have become very short-sighted recently.

Bloody old age.

I’ve been fantasising about holiday destinations to get me through the weary days. My first choice is always Hawaii, but I don’t think I’ll get there for another year or so.

I have some US dollars squirreled away that are burning a hole in my pocket, so I’m wondering if I can swing a trip there.

You see, it looks like I’ll be able to start saving money – I’ve just started working five days a week … hang on, that’s what I should have been blogging about today … House is no longer at home, she’s a full-time working mum for the first time in nine years.

Wow, that’s a shock to the system.

Push came to shove and I decided I was over the stress that comes from forgotten $1000 medical bills.

But, I have to say, working five days a week is intense, especially as a single mum.

How do so many people do it?

How will I cope?

I’ve been reminding myself plenty of people cope just fine.

I was a bit of a princess being part-time for so long.

Welcome to the real world.

What do you think the perfect working week would look like? I’m thinking Tues-Thurs would be nice … 

Song of the day: Dolly Parton “Nine to Five”




8 thoughts on “I need a holiday

  1. Working full time as a single mum sucks hard. Full time work even when I wasnt a single mum sucked hard too.
    But my ex makes the kids lunches every morning and takes them to school, which eases the burden.
    And as far as needing another holiday… I hear you!!!! I’ve only been back at school for 2 days and I’m exhausted.

  2. I know what you mean when you say about being over the stress of forgotten $1000 medical bills. Well fortunately I haven’t had medical bills this year, but all my other bills – I need to work more! I’m moving to Canberra in January so I’m job hunting now. But the ideal work week? What Megz said above. Which is what I’ve been doing but that hasn’t been working so well for me financially! It’s time to change it up a notch or several!

  3. I’d give anything to be able to work from home – hermit that I am – but I can’t find anything that pays enough so it’s off to work I go each day. While working full time in order to pay bills sucks – for me the alternative is not even worth thinking about. Luckily I work with one really nice lady and we have lots of laughs which kind of makes up for not being able to work in my pj’s all day !!!
    I hope your week gets better and I’m sure that as you get into a routine, things will get easier. (Well I hope it will !!!!!)

  4. I’m so hoping that when I move I can just do relief teaching for a while. Then I can keep it to three days a week. I’ll probably miss not having my own class though. I like Tues-Thurs. That sounds perfect 🙂 Good luck with it all Alana. Think of the bucks!

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